12 key symptoms define long Covid, new study shows, bringing treatments closer

Advocates for people suffering from long COVID-19 and chronic fatigue syndrome install 300 cots in front of the Washington Monument in Washington, DC, on May 12, to represent the millions of people suffering from the post-infectious disease.

(CNN) — After more than two years and an investment of nearly $1.2 billion, researchers say they’ve come up with a list of 12 symptoms that can reliably classify someone as having long Covid, a working definition that should accelerate research into the disabling condition.

The study, which was published Thursday in the medical journal JAMA, is the first research to emerge from a large effort following more than 13,000 adults at more than 200 study sites as part of the National Institutes of Health’s RECOVER initiative, which stands for Researching Covid to Enhance Recovery.

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